Russia imposes entry bans on over 60 Canadians: ministry

By: AFP
Published: 11:09 PM, 5 Aug, 2022
Russia imposes entry bans on over 60 Canadians: ministry
Caption: Russia said on Friday it was imposing entry bans on 62 Canadian citizens including government officials in a retaliatory move.
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Russia said on Friday it was imposing entry bans on 62 Canadian citizens including government officials in a retaliatory move.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the list included figures known for "their malicious activity in the fight against the 'Russian world' and our traditional values".

Moscow said the bans came in retaliation for Canada's sanctions against Russian figures including journalists and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in June and July.

The patriarch is a fervent supporter of President Vladimir Putin and has backed his military intervention in Ukraine.

Russia also accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government of aiming to insult

"not only the multinational and multi-confessional people of Russia, but also Orthodox believers around the world, including Canada".

"Further retaliatory measures from the Russian side will be announced in the near future," the foreign ministry said.

AFP

Agence France-Presse is an international news agency.